Depiction of the flight of M. Poitevin, July 14, 1850. M. Poitevin and his horse flew over Paris in a hot air balloon. Poitevin later declared having seen Paris from so high, that the city looked like a map.
SS Atlantic Conveyor, a cargo ship taken up from trade to carry supplies, helicopters, and Harrier jump-jet fighters for the British Fleet heading to the Falklands, is struck by two Exocet missiles. She is not outright sunk, but she is burnt to the keel. Though the harriers fly off before the attack, all but one helicopter are lost to the flames, and this forces the British to march across the Falklands rather than fly across it.
In this attack, twelve crew, including Captain Ian North, were killed by the Exocets, the subsequent fires, or the frigid sea.
Adrian J. Anslow | Air Engineering Mechanic ( R) | Royal Navy John B. Dobson | Bosun (Petty Officer I) | Merchant Navy Edmund Flanagan | Chief Petty Officer | Royal Navy Frank Foulkes | Mechanic (Petty Officer I) | Merchant Navy David R. S. Hawkins | Assistant Steward | Merchant Navy Ronald Hoole | First Radio Officer | Royal Fleet Auxiliary James Hughes | Mechanic (Petty Officer II) | Merchant Navy Ian H. North, DSC | Master | Merchant Navy Ng Por | Laundryman | Royal Fleet Auxiliary Don L. Pryce | Leading Air Engineering Mechanic (L) | Royal Navy Chan Chi Shing | Laundryman | Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ernest N. Vickers | Mechanic (Petty Officer II) | Merchant Navy
On 28 May, after three days being towed, the ‘bow magazine’ (clusters of bombs she was carrying for the fleet) exploded, finally sinking the ship.